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N.J. Gov. Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

Christie vetoed a bill that would ban the use of small crates for pregnant pigs, which are used widely in Iowa.

Official Christmas tree arrives at White House

The tree will be trimmed in the Blue Room, where it will stand as the main attraction throughout the holiday season.

NY boys rescued from snow bank aided by air pocket

Two boys were building a snow fort Wednesday night when a plow operator clearing a parking lot unknowingly pushed snow over them.

Higher Christmas tree prices likely this year

Growers say they are relieved after six years of decreased demand and low prices put many out of business.

Protests over Ferguson decision hit retail stores

Dozens of people interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area late Thursday and early Friday.

Austin gunman fired more than 100 rounds

Authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on Austin police headquarters early Friday morning.

Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

Your local fun zone, amusement center, and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

City’s ugly Christmas tree getting single red bulb

A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment.

Expectant mom struck by car dies; baby born alive

Pittsburgh authorities say a pregnant woman sitting outside a drugstore died when an elderly driver trying to park jumped the curb.

Pair plowed into snowbank in Newburgh, N.Y.

The two boys were trapped for several hours when a plow operator clearing a parking lot pushed snow over them.

New York courts Chinese tourists

New York state is hoping to cash in on China’s growing middle class by attracting more tourists from the world’s most populous nation.

Novelist P.D. James, known as ‘Queen of Crime,’ dies at 94

James was one of those rare writers whose work stood up to comparisons with classic authors of the detective genre.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent home after heart stent implanted

The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on Monday.

Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

For many residents, Thanksgiving brought a moment to reunite with one another after an anxious week.

On Thanksgiving in Ferguson, a pause to protests

The scene in Ferguson today was a stark contrast to previous days of outrage.

Big balloons on display for Macy’s parade

Spectators of all ages took in the sights as giant inflated characters made their way through Manhattan.

Government rule could cripple commercial drone flight

The rules would add a big burden onto small businesses using drones to cheaply shoot video, map land, or monitor crops.

Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.

Police: Man duped resort by faking being a doctor

A Michigan man has been jailed on charges that he stayed at a posh southwestern Pennsylvania resort and ran up a $16,000 tab by pretending to be a heart surgeon.

Ferguson testimony shows seemingly unorthodox forensic practices

When Officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting, he washed the blood off his hands, and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself.

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, US researchers reported Wednesday.

Ferguson grows calmer, but tensions remain

Governor Jay Nixon credited the National Guard with helping to prevent a replay on Tuesday night of the widespread mayhem, looting, and arson.

EPA ozone limits divide industry and environmentalists

The Obama administration announced a long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease, and premature death.

See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity

Spa treatments don’t stop with people. Animals get massages, too, and it’s become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

Developers look to create underground N.Y. park

Visitors from around the world are drawn to New York City’s High Line, an elevated park built on defunct railroad tracks transformed into an urban sanctuary of flowers, grasses, and trees.

Black Friday gun buys test background check system

Black Friday is one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.

White House veto threat shelves possible tax plan

A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals.

Police ID officers involved in 12-year-old’s shooting

The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to two seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said.

1 million people apply for health care in first week

Obama administration officials said 45 percent of them selected health plans in the first week of this fall’s open enrollment period.

Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth

Evidence left behind by mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths, and huge bison help offer a glimpse at how ancient animal adapted to climate change.

N.Y. reports lower crime rate by ex-offenders

Fewer than 10 percent of released state inmates are returning to New York prisons for new felonies, according to the latest data from correctional officials.

Amateurs learn how to clown around for parade

NEW YORK — If you’re going to be a clown in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can’t just go out there and fool around. There are rules.No smoking or drinking while in costume. No sitting on the floats. No accosting the celebrities.

Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby

Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho.

Unorthodox forensic practices shown in Ferguson documents

Testimony reveals officer Darren Wilson washed blood off his hands and placed his fired pistol into an evidence bag himself.

Make government help workers, Schumer tells Democrats

New York Senator Charles Schumer said his party erred five years ago by putting health care reform ahead of jobs.

2 FBI agents shot, wounded in St. Louis area

An FBI spokeswoman says the incident isn’t directly related to the Ferguson protests.

White House set to announce further regulation of ozone

The Obama administration is expected to release Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone.

Brown family blasts prosecutor; Wilson speaks

Lawyers for Michael Brown’s family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old.

Supreme Court to rule on key part of Clean Air Act

The high court agreed to hear a major environmental case concerning the regulation of mercury and other toxic pollutants emitted by power plants.

Darren Wilson explains why he killed Michael Brown

The September grand jury testimony provides the first and most detailed account directly from Wilson of Michael Brown’s shooting.

Protests over Ferguson, peaceful and violent, continue for second day

Peaceful demonstrators marched in Seattle and disrupted traffic in St. Louis and Cleveland. Rallies also formed in New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, and elsewhere.

A healthy lunch isn’t on the menu for most schoolkids

Schoolchildren are not exactly gobbling up the healthy lunches they were meant to eat under a national nutrition program, two new studies suggest.

Holidays a ‘juggling act’ for Mass. Congressional delegation

For members of Congress, visiting family comes as they try to reach last-minute budget deals and shore up votes on the last bills of the year.

VA urged to change policy on marijuana

The Veterans Equal Access Act would challenge the VA’s policy that forbids doctors from consulting about medical pot use.

Obama pitches immigration steps in his hometown

President Obama said contributions by a broad patchwork of immigrants help justify the steps he took to protect workers illegally in the country.

Prosecutor: Lawyer had sex with captive girl, 14

Brian Meehan, 56, turned himself in Tuesday to face charges for allegedly patronizing a sex-trafficking ring in March 2012.

Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa

For the first time in more than a decade Barbie has been frozen out of the top spot on the holiday wish lists of girls.

Federal judge overturns Arkansas’ marriage ban

The judge stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.

Woman who faked son’s cancer gets probation

A judge ordered Sandy Nguyen, of Aurora, to start serving 90 days of work release in two weeks.

Buffalo area dodges major problems with snowmelt

Forecasters said the Buffalo area was in for an uneventful Thanksgiving.